April in Figures

April 30, 2012

Concern about the growth outlook in advanced economies revived in April, dragging share prices and both short- and long-term interest rates somewhat lower.  Gold barely moved on balance, but oil prices closed higher for the month and stayed above the key $100 per barrel level.  The yen strengthened 3.5% against the dollar, which slipped below JPY 80.0 at month’s end.  The U.S. currency rose 1.1% or less against the kiwi, loonie, Swiss franc and euro but fell 1.5% versus sterling.

10-Yr Yield 03/30/12 04/30/12 Chg vs End-March
U.S. 2.21% 1.92% -29 Basis Points
Germany 1.79% 1.66% -13
Japan 0.99% 0.90% -9
U.K. 2.20% 2.11% -9
Canada 2.11% 2.05% -6
Switzerland 0.86% 0.71% -15
3-month euros     Chg vs End-March
U.S. 0.47% 0.47%   -11 Basis Points
Euroland 0.68% 0.64% -4
Japan 0.20% 0.20% 0
U.K. 1.03% 1.01% -2
Canada 1.38% 1.36% -2
Swiss 0.11% 0.11% 0
FX     Pct Chg in USD
EUR/USD 1.3336 1.3229 +0.7%
USD/JPY 82.74 79.84 -3.5%
USD/CHF 0.9025 0.9079 +0.6%
GBP/USD 1.5996 1.6233 -1.5%
AUD/USD 1.0359 1.0427 -0.7%
NZD/USD 0.8274 0.8163 +1.1%
USD/CAD 0.9973 0.9875 +1.0%
USD/CNY 6.2975 6.2823 -0.2%
Equities     Chg vs End-March
S&P 500 1408 1398 -0.7%
Nasdaq 3092 3046 -1.5%
Djia 13212 13214 0.0%
Dax 6947 6761 -2.7%
Nikkei 10084 9521 -5.6%
Ftse 5768 5738 -0.5%
Canada TSE 12392 12293 -0.8%
Swiss SMI 6236 6096 -2.2%
Commodities     Pct Change
Oil, $ per brl 103.02 104.87 +1.8%
Gold, $ per oz 1669.30 1663.40 -0.4%

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